Community Shed enjoys a successful first year

Just Regional
Jun 10, 2024 3 mins read

Bird boxes and banter surround the benches of a weekly social gathering at Aylsham which shares skills and friendship.

The Aylsham Community Shed began with just four members when it launched last June, but has gone from strength to strength in its first year and now has a membership of more than 20.

Saturday morning sessions of the “Shedders” are aimed at forging friendships through passing on and learning new skills while doing community projects.

They have included making swift boxes for the church, owl boxes for people’s gardens, and refurbishing picnic benches at their Aylsham High School home.

SUPER SHED: Shedders in their workshop and testing out the refurbished school picnic benches.

Upcoming projects range from a wooden dinosaur frame for a town trail, a big Connect 4 game for a show, repairing bee hives and a ticket kiosk for Aylsham’s Picture House cinema.

Committee member Derek Burton said: “We are a social group for men and women where we can share and learn skills while helping community groups with projects.

“Our members age from their 20s to their 80s. We have some people with skills in wood and metal work, experienced DIY-ers like myself, but also welcome anyone who has never even held a screwdriver or saw and wants to learn.
“It is great for making friends, and a bunch of us also meet once a month for breakfast too as a spin-off.”

The successful launch year was celebrated at the annual meeting, where Steve Pickering was elected as chairman for the next 12 months. He reaffirmed that the aim of the Aylsham Community Shed is to connect, converse and create, and provide workshop space for local men and women to socialise and learn new skills while having an enjoyable time and a plentiful supply of tea, coffee and biscuits.

The Shed is keen to attract new members – aged from 18 upwards – who are welcome to drop in to the Saturday sessions, which run from 9.30am-12.30pm at the high school. Visitors can park in the car park at the end of Palmerston Way and walk through the gate to the school, turning right towards the green steel workshop.

It is also happy to accept donations of tools from any shed clear-outs – which they will either keep for their own use or refurbish and sell to bolster funds.

And it is open for people’s suggestions for projects – either community or personal – which the Shedders might be able to help with.
Find out more about the Shed at its website aylshamcommunityshed.org

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